We’re not quite where we need to be to reopen early, but we’re doing really well, Whatcom. Right now, we’re 4th in the state for the number of eligible people who are fully vaccinated.
The more people we vaccinate, the safer our community will be. Let’s keep up the momentum!
Currently, 52.2% of all Whatcom County residents are fully vaccinated, and 68.5% of everyone in the county 16 and older has gotten at least one shot.
Back to “Normal”
The Governor announced last month that Washington State will re-open no later than June 30. All industries will be able to return to normal operations after June 30, or sooner if 70% or more of everyone older than 16 initiate vaccination in the state. That means no limits on indoor capacity at restaurants, retail outlets, or most other businesses. Large indoor venues that can host 10,000 or more occupants will still be limited to 75% capacity.
Masks are staying for now, since we know they work so well and lots of people haven’t been vaccinated yet. Washington’s mask mandate will still be in effect. That means unvaccinated people will need to wear masks in indoor settings and public spaces, and businesses must document employee’s vaccination status before allowing them to unmask at work. But social distancing will no longer be required in most places!
Pop-up Vaccination Clinics and Other Walk-In Options
There are a number of clinics in the county welcoming walk-ins this week. The vaccine is still 100% free of charge. If you’re already vaccinated, share this list with someone who isn’t!
There are lots of other local vaccine providers that currently offer COVID-19 vaccination without an appointment. Those providers include:
Go to VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov or call 1-833-VAX-HELP for a complete list of local vaccine providers. You can also text your zip code to GET-VAX (438-829) or VACUNA (822-862) to find a provider near you.
Weekly Vaccine MythBusted: The COVID-19 vaccine is less safe than alternative COVID-19 treatments.
The COVID-19 vaccines currently in use are some of the safest and most effective vaccines ever created. Some of the alternative treatments circulating on the internet, however, are downright dangerous.
Here’s a short list of unapproved and dangerous alternative COVID-19 treatments:
If you have COVID-19 and you need medical assistance, your medical provider will give you the appropriate treatment. If you don’t have COVID-19, you can keep yourself safe by wearing a mask and watching your distance until you’re able to get vaccinated. That’s the best protection available, and the safest.
If you’re looking for credible information from trusted medical experts, check out:
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine planning, and vaccine safety can be found on the DOH’s COVID-19 vaccine web page at www.covidvaccinewa.org. For information about COVID-19 vaccination in Whatcom County, visit our webpage at www.whatcomcounty.us/covidvaccine.